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  1. Chandra X-Ray Telescope Abby Bradshaw Cole Butterfield

  2. Expectations • Unprecedented x-ray images • Spectra of violent, high temperature events • Understand structure and organization of universe • Detailed physics in a unique laboratory

  3. Engineering • Orbits above Earth’s atmosphere (86,500 mi) • Reflector telescope • Launched in 1999 • 4 sensitive mirrors • Electronic detectors at the end of the 30 ft. optical bench •  X-ray telescope whose mirrors will focus X-rays from celestial objects

  4. Results

  5. Results • dwarf galaxy M60-UCD1  • Jupiter's x-rays coming from poles, not auroralring. •  found much more cool gas than expected spiraling into the center of the Andromeda Galaxy. • Sound waves from violent activity around a super massive black hole were observed in Perseus Cluster (2003). • X-ray shadow of Titan seen when transited the Crab Nebula. • (2006) found strong evidence of dark matter • large halo of hot gas found surrounding Milky Way